This class begins with a warm-up including a body scan, breath work, active-stretching, and joint/spinal mobility work. The intensity builds as we layer on full-body strength training with functional, task-oriented movements, and some balance and coordination exercises. We wrap up with some grounding movements to calm your nervous system and send you on your way! This class can be performed seated or standing. Equipment is not required but the following equipment is optional - dumbbells (or soup cans), a resistance band (or household towel).
Please consult your doctor before starting any strength training or exercise program.
Presented during the Community's Choice Track at the MDF 2020 Virtual Conference.
About the presenter:
Rachel Kahn, NCPT, CSCS, CMT Candidate
Rachel Kahn has her BS in Exercise Biology and is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and is currently in school to become a certified massage therapist (CMT). Previously, Rachel co-founded a nonprofit called No Limits Collaborative in 2015 that provided outdoor recreational activities and educational workshops for people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. In addition, she started UC Berkeley’s personal training program for students with disabilities and also helped in starting the Absolute Endeavor program at Absolute Center in Lafayette, which uses Pilates for people with physical disabilities. Rachel uses an combination of Pilates, functional and floor-based movement, strength training, visual and vestibular work, and breathing techniques to help her clients re-establish their mind-body connection, re-train their nervous system, and reach their movement goals.